Lessons from Triathlon

22 Sep

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Last year, as many of you may know, I took started the journey toward a marathon which I completed last March. Now I am heading towards a half ironman and believe it or not it has helped me as an educator.

It’s only in the last couple of months that I’ve really appreciated some of the analogies I could draw between by experiences training and facing the everyday issues in schools. Having being involved in sport all my life I have always taken from sport and tried to apply it to life.

1. Time is precious

There are so many hours in a day and you can’t waste them. This year I have spent less time sitting wasting time and being more efficient. This time management has made me better at what I do. It has become more about quality rather quantity of hours at work.

2. Plan my week

With training I make notes on the whiteboard at home about what is required. The same process at school has meant that again I have become more efficient. The unplanned such as the parent phone call or that upset student does no longer throw the day out.

3. The harder the session the better I feel

I love the idea of get out there and punishing or pushing yourself. The thrill you get from carving it up down the road is awesome. The sense of accomplishment I am finding is a buzz. So when pursing my own goals I take this on board. If something seems too hard, it’s probably worth doing. If something seems too easy, it probably isn’t. I pass this onto my students.

4. Self-reflection

Being out training by yourself is a great time to reflect. Some of my best lessons or ideas for the College have been solved or conceived while flying down a hill or running down a road.

5. Don’t stop ’till you get enough

Often you need to slow right down to handle the toughest parts. Some time I need to slow down to a walk or paddle. But I don’t stop even though my initial instinct may be to do so. As soon as you stop that’s it go home. Momentum helps you maintain my focus. Any progress is good progress because as soon as you stop, you fall.

3. Keep focused: what is your goal?

Its hard swimming in open water as there is no line to follow. You need to keep reevaluating. When competing or training in a new area the body is constantly challenging itself. Where to next? When pursuing goals, I have to keep on the targets. I have learnt through my own inquiry this year it is about the process not the result. Some days it is tough but other days the entire team is on board. It may be a matter of years before I achieve an ironman but it will happen. But the process is important. Regularly reminding myself of what I want to achieve – and why –helps me to keep going.

 

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